Plateau Police Call For Reinforcement To End Frequent Attacks

Solomon-ArasePolice Command has appealed to the state government for operational vehicles and personnel needed to tackle crimes effectively, as killings and midnight attacks at Barkin-Ladi and Riyom Council areas of the State continue unabated, despite the imposition of curfew.

The two local government areas have been under constant attacks in the past weeks by some people suspected to be Fulani mercenaries, alleged to be on a revenge mission, killing and burning down houses. Addressing journalists yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nasiru Oki, said the hostility in the council areas, between the Fulani and the native Berom, “is an age long crisis that seems to have defied solutions.”

Although the command has deployed more men to the affected areas, he said more operational vehicles and personnel would be required to police the areas effectively. “It is an age long quarrel between the Fulani and Berom people. The crisis has been on for a very long time and we are trying to see how we could end it.

That is why we started requesting for more men. I have told the Inspector – General of Police my requirement and have discussed with him the situation I am having.

I know he will give me enough men that would take care of the situation. We are also trying to dialogue with the Fulani and the Berom to let them see reason why they should not quarrel, and that they should go to court if they have an ax to grind” In a related development, a tricycle operator in Jos East local government area of Plateau state was killed yesterday by a three–man–gang, who pretended to be passengers.

The State Commissioner of Police, who disclosed this, said men of his detectives from the command have arrested three suspects for killing the commercial tricycle operator, whose name was given as Jacob Jerimial.

According to the Commissioner of Police, the first two suspects engaged the service of the deceased to convey them in his tricycle from Fubur to Lamingo, adding that on getting to a location, they told the deceased to stop under false pretence.

He said it was in the process that they dragged the deceased to the nearby bush, stabbed him to death and abandoned his corpse, while the two suspects took the deceased’s tricycle to their village and kept it in the custody of the third suspect, who, for the reason best known to him set it ablaze.

The police also paraded a man who killed his father for not buying him a motorcycle as promised. The man and other suspects, he said would be charged to court for culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy.

“Plateau State Police Command, in its resolve to rid the state of crime and criminal activities, has arrested some murder suspects and some other individuals for various offences ranging from criminal conspiracy to armed robbery and car snatching.

The investigation has been completed and the suspect will soon appear in court when court resumes from strike.” Meanwhile, two people were reported killed, while 20 cows were burnt to death in an attack on vehicles in Riyom Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.

A witness, Mallam Dauda Adams, said seven other persons were injured by the attackers.           “It is a major concern that there has been killing of people and burning of cattle in vehicles carrying them to Abuja.

The victims were people who, visited Jos from Kaduna and bought animals at Bukuru Cattle Market, only for them to be attacked few hours later in Hawan Kibo.”

Adams, who is the Vice Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of Cattle Traders Association of Nigeria, said the attackers blocked the main road, shooting sporadically, killing two passengers instantly, injuring some others, and setting the two vehicles on fire with the cows in them.

“We reported the incident to Plateau State Police Command and the Commissioner of Police (CP Nasiru Oki) directed the DPO in charge of Bukuru Division to go to the scene of the attack. We got there and saw the two vehicles burnt with the animals inside,”

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